Advocacy

CSPF is dedicated to advocating for legislation and policy changes to advance our mission of protecting and enhancing the California state parks system.

To advance our policy goals, CSPF works with policymakers at the state, federal and local levels.

We also encourage our park partners, members and park supporters throughout California to become engaged in our grassroots advocacy efforts.

Citizen Action

CSPF encourages our park partners, members and park supporters throughout California to become engaged in our grassroots advocacy efforts to advance our mission of protecting and enhancing the California state parks system.

Each year over 100 park advocates from throughout California participate in Park Advocacy Day to meet with legislators and lobby in support of California’s 279 state parks.

By participating in Park Advocacy Day, you’ll help send a powerful message to policymakers that California’s state parks are important places that need to be protected. Your knowledge and first-hand experience will be imperative as we work to make this the most successful Park Advocacy Day yet!

Participants come from a variety of backgrounds and affiliations, and typically include representatives of environmental, recreational and other state park related nonprofit organizations and state park cooperating associations, as well as local business leaders, educators, park volunteers, and state park users.

For more information about CSPF’s advocacy work, please contact advocacy@calparks.org or call our Sacramento office at 916-442-2119

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Legislative Agenda

As part of our role in advancing state parks issues for the last decade, CSPF has provided leadership in lobbying the California legislature on relevant bills and budget actions as well as proactively sponsoring legislation. CSPF has sponsored legislation to achieve park protection as well as facilitate fiscal sustainability for the state park system.

In addition to sponsoring legislation, CSPF also maintains regular communication with key policy committee members and provides testimony to legislative hearings and coordinates with other like-minded organizations on policy priorities.

Current Legislative Bills

Assembly Bill 209 (Limón) — AB-209 Parks: environmental education: grant program.

Current Status: Passed Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee
CSPF's Position: Support
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On March 12, the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee heard and passed Assembly Bill 209 with strong support. AB 209, which was introduced by Assemblymember Monique Limón this year, works to give more of California’s youth the opportunity to have enriched, meaningful experiences in the outdoors, fostering the future generation of empowered park stewards.

Not all Californians have this opportunity, and those experiencing and visiting state parks don’t reflec the diversity of the entire state. This is especially true for youth – who at a national level spend less time outside than prison inmates, playing freely outside for just four to seven minutes a day on average, according to the recent report The Path Ahead. Additional research shows that children spend half as much time outside today as youth did 20 years ago.

Assembly Bill 209 will now move to the Assembly’s Appropriations Committee.

California State Budget

California State Parks Foundation

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